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Jake DeBrusk (lower body) out for Friday night's game vs. Red Wings

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Jake DeBrusk (lower body) out for Friday night's game vs. Red Wings

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins have taken another hit up front as Jake DeBrusk will be out for Friday night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesar’s Arena.

DeBrusk suffered a lower body injury while finishing Tuesday night’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens with 17:07 of ice time and won’t be making the trip to Detroit after missing practice on Thursday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.

“DeBrusk is the big one. He played through the game [on Tuesday] with a lower body injury and woke up yesterday not feeling great. So he had it checked out and he’s continuing to get it checked out,” said Bruce Cassidy of DeBrusk, who had scored in each of his two previous games leading into Tuesday night’s showdown with the Habs at the Bell Centre. “He will not travel with us, so we’ll probably have a much better idea when we got a report [on Friday]. [His availability for] Sunday, I have no idea.”

Peter Cehlarik, who has been up and back twice already from Providence this season, replaced DeBrusk on the second line and should be in that spot at puck drop against the Red Wings.

Similarly, David Backes (upper body) was off the ice and won’t play, and Par Lindholm (upper body), Joakim Nordstrom (infection) and Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) will also not make the trip to Hockeytown after skating in non-contact jerseys on Thursday. It means that both Peter Cehlarik and Zach Senyshyn should be expected to play on Friday after being called back up from Providence ahead of Bruins practice.

Here are the Bruins projected line combos and D-pairings for Friday night’s game in Detroit based on today’s practice:

PROJECTED FORWARD LINES

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Peter Cehlarik David Krejci Danton Heinen
Anders Bjork Charlie Coyle Zach Senyshyn
Chris Wagner Sean Kuraly Brett Ritchie

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara Connor Clifton
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk Charlie McAvoy

 

Jaroslav Halak will be in goal for the Black and Gold.

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Talking Points: Krejci, DeBrusk answer the bell in Bruins' win over Panhters

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Talking Points: Krejci, DeBrusk answer the bell in Bruins' win over Panhters

Here are my talking points from tonight's 4-2 Bruins win in South Florida . . .

GOLD STAR: David Krejci didn’t have a single point during the five-game losing streak. But on Saturday night he stepped up and, lo and behold, the Bruins took home two points. It was Krejci helped kick-start the transition game for Jake DeBrusk’s goal in the first period, and then scored one of his own in the second on a strike from the top of the faceoff circle. Krejci finished with a goal and two points and a plus-2 rating in 16:20 of ice time. He also had five shot attempts and won 9-of-14 faceoffs in a game where the second line providence plenty of offense and pressure. Bruce Cassidy slipped Charlie Coyle up to second-line right wing with Krejci and DeBrusk at the outset of the game, and it seemed to work well for the Black and Gold.

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BLACK EYE: Jonathan Huberdeau is having a very good season for the Panthers, but he wasn’t able to bring out his “A” game for Florida against the Bruins. Huberdeau didn’t get a single shot on net in the 21:25 of ice time that he played. He finished with three giveaways and a minus-1 against the Bruins. He was part of the line set to contain the Krejci line, but instead allowed them to march right up the ice on DeBrusk’s first period scoring play. Huberdeau was also on ice in the third, when Florida coach Joel Quenneville pulled the goalie with more than two minutes to go, only for David Pastrnak to quickly notch an empty-netter that sealed the game. Not a good night for a very good player.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins weathered the storm in the third when the Panthers came hard after them and carved out a couple of goals to cut the lead to 3-2. Considering that the Bruins blew a 4-0 third period lead against the Panthers at home just a month ago, there was certainly some nervous, anxious moments, with the Bruins looking like they’d blow a three-goal lead in the third period this time. But the B’s stiffened after Jaro Halak gave up a soft goal on a Keith Yandle point shot to make it a one-goal game. They didn’t allow Florida to take advantage of any other breakdowns. Instead the B’s hung in there, patiently waiting until the Florida net opened up the winning scoring chance for them.

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HONORABLE MENTION: Jake DeBrusk was at the heart of some of the criticism from Bruce Cassidy after the loss in Tampa when the second and third lines weren’t getting much of anything done. DeBrusk was also one of the players that responded in a big way this weekend by scoring the game’s first goal, a pretty nifty dangle through Florida defenders before beating Sergei Bobrovsky in tight close to the net. DeBrusk also fed David Krejci for his second period goal, finishing with five shot attempts and a couple blocked shots in 15:38 of ice time while posting a plus-2 rating. Perhaps just as important, DeBrusk was winning 50/50 battles for the puck and playing a competitive brand of hockey rather than doing fly-bys in a lot of areas while hunting the puck. If DeBrusk played with the same kind of speed, skill and tenacity on more nights, he’d be a difference-maker for the Bruins more often.

BY THE NUMBERS: 28 – The number of goals for David Pastrnak after collecting two scores against the Panthers, and putting himself in a position where he’s easily going to have 30 goals before the Christmas break.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I thought we did a really good job. Every line played well. We moved some guys around, but right up and down the lineup all 12 forwards, 6 [defensemen] and Jaroslav Halak were all really good.” –Bruce Cassidy to NESN when asked his assessment of the win that snapped the longest B’s losing streak (five games) since he took over as head coach.  

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Highlights: B's snap losing skid vs. Panthers

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Highlights: B's snap losing skid vs. Panthers

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 4, Panthers 2

IN BRIEF: Oh not, not this again? After the Bruins’ epic third-period collapse in their last meeting with Florida, they nearly repeated themselves after going up 3-0 after two periods. Keith Yandle’s goal with 11 minutes left made it 3-2, Boston fought off the Panthers long enough for David Pastrnak to get an empty-netter that sealed it. And so, after coach Bruce Cassidy called out their attention to details earlier in the week, the Bruins snapped their losing skid with a solid all-around effort.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 21-7-6 (48 points, 1st in Atlantic Division)

HIGHLIGHTS

DEBRUSK’S 100TH CAREER POINT IS A BEAUTY

KREJCI MAKES IT 2-0

PERFECTION LINE MAKES IT LOOK EASY

UP NEXT:

vs. Los Angeles, Tuesday, 7 p.m., NESN

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